Facts about Diabetic Gastroparesis:
- Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying is a condition that slows/stops the movement of food from the stomach to small intestine.
- The cause of gastroparesis can be vagus nerve injury by illness or injury.
- Approximately 30% of gastroparesis cases are caused by diabetes.
- Gastroparesis does not have a cure.
- Symptoms of Gastroparesis include early satiety, nausea and vomiting.
- Most of the medications on the market to treat gastroparesis involve affecting motility, bloating, reflux or movement of the food through the stomach
- Clinical Trials of Texas is currently investigating a medication for diabetic gastroparesis which will cause increased gastric motility causing the stomach to empty more rapidly and thus reducing or resolving any nausea or vomiting.
“Gastroparesis isn’t a common illness, but it does have a profound effect on those who suffer from it,” said Dr. Douglas Denham, DO, medical director of Clinical Trials of Texas, Inc. “Left untreated gastroparesis can add to diabetic complications by making it more difficult to control blood sugar levels.”
See Dr. Denham’s interview with KENS5 reporter Jeremy Baker about gastroparesis.